[R] entropy package: how to compute mutual information?

Sam Steingold sds at gnu.org
Mon Feb 13 22:14:36 CET 2012

suppose I have two factor vectors:
 x <- as.factor(c("a","b","a","c","b","c"))
 y <- as.factor(c("b","a","a","c","c","b"))
I can compute their entropies:
[1] 1.098612
but it is not clear how to compute their mutual information directly.
I can compute the joint entropy as
[1] 1.791759
and then mutual information will be h(x) + h(y) - h(x,y) =
1.098612 + 1.098612 - 1.791759

but I was wondering whether there was a better way (without creating a
fresh factor vector and a fresh factor class, both of which are
immediately discarded).

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